“This is such a wonderful thing that the Sheriff’s Office does for us. We cannot thank you enough for conducting Shred Day. We save our papers all year long so we can bring them here to be destroyed.”

“I have just returned from the shredding operation conducted by your office. I thought it was well organized, well run and a great service to the citizens of Newport News. Thank you."

Proper Destruction Scheduling

Proper and scheduled destruction of documents and data is an essential and highly responsible practice. There are several good reasons for developing and maintaining personal retention policies:

  • Prevents identity theft, dumpster diving, and information-based fraud.
  • Ensures records are not kept longer than needed, but also not destroyed too soon.
  • Makes it easier for you to manage your records.

What documents should I shred?

In general, you should shred documents that contain any of the following:

  • Account Numbers
  • Credit Card Receipts
  • Tax Documents
  • Mortgage Documents
  • Bank Statements
  • Financial Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Pay Stubs
  • Medical Records
  • Personal Information (Social Security number, PINS, signatures, date of birth, etc.)
  • Junk Mail (can sometimes contain personal identifying information)

Basically, any information such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number and other less-sensitive information that could be used by an identity thief to impersonate you needs to be shredded.

NOTE: Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their recycling program.

Shred Day Sponsors

Protecting our citizens from identity theft would not be possible without our continued support of our locally owned and operated Shred Day partner, Stealth Shredding, Inc. We’re both committed to cutting down on the crime of identity theft and making a difference in the community.